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What is NYLT?

NYLT is a six-day course that delivers training in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

Upcoming Course Dates

2022 Summer Weeklong Courses:

June 12-18 – Camp Sakima, S-F Scout Ranch
June 19-25 –  Camp Sakima, S-F Scout Ranch
July 10-16 – Camp Sakima, S-F Scout Ranch
July 24-30 – Camp Warren Levis
Register for Summer Session HERE (Registration opens December 13th)

Fall Weekend Course – 

September 23-25 and  September 30- October 2 – Beaumont Scout Reservation
(Both weekends must be attended to successfully complete the course)

Register for Fall Session HERE(Registration opens December 13th)

All About NYLT

Why attend NYLT?

Through this week long outdoor training. Scouts grow and improve their leadership skills while following the guidelines of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Scouts earning the NYLT Shield are better prepared to interact with adult leaders and face the challenges and demands ahead.

To attend NYLT, a Scout must be:

  • A current registered member of the BSA
  • First Class rank or higher and completed introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
  • 13 years old  
  • A current or prospective youth leader approved by the Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor
  • Venturers and Sea Scouts are exempt from the first class rank and must fall within the maximum age allowance and minimum age for Venturers.
  • Pack & Paddle candidates must be 14 years old by the date of camp and pass the BSA Swim test.

Programs Available:

S-F Camp Sakima and Camp Warren Levis NYLT Program offers Land Based and Pack & Paddle Courses and Youth and Adult Staffing opportunities. Warren Levis offers a Land Based course and Youth and Adult Staffing opportunities.

Pack & Paddle

The Pack & Paddle course is conducted in the S bar F Scout Ranch backcountry and on Nims Lake and at Camp Warren Levis and Levis Lake during the NYLT courses. Attending Scouts and Venturers develop leadership skills, practice low-impact camping, hiking, canoeing, and learn the proper use of a compass for navigation.

All participants must stow food, crew gear, shelter, personal items and any other essential equipment in their packs. It’s important to remember when selecting equipment that this is a physically demanding course.

To attend Pack & Paddle, a candidate must:

  • Meet all NYLT requirements
  • Be 14 years old by date of summer camp
  • Pass the BSA swim test (swim 100 yards using strong strokes)

The Pack & Paddle outpost adventure program follows the NYLT syllabus.

Register for Summer weeklong courses HERE.

Troop Incentives

In 2022, the Greater St. Louis Area Council is excited to be offering the following incentive to Scout BSA Troops and Venture Crews to encourage their youth to attend National Youth Leadership Training:

  • Send two youth more than in 2021 and receive $25 off per youth.
  • Send three youth more than in 2021 and receive $35 off per youth.
  • Send four or more youth than in 2021 and receive $50 off per youth.

After your participants have registered and successfully completed their NYLT session, the troop or crew can apply for reimbursement using the below form.

2022 NYLT Incentive Form

NYLT Forms

Participant/Parent/Guardian/Unit Leader | Required Documents for 2022

The following forms must be completed and reviewed by a parent or guardian before arriving at NYLT Camp.

The following form must be completed by the Unit Leader prior to arriving at NYLT Camp:

A Scout need only attend one of these weeks to successfully complete the NYLT course. A Scout must be at camp for the entire week to complete the program.

Special Diet Requests– Click here to access the form

NYLT Staff


2022 NYLT Youth Staff Application | NYLT Adult Staff Application

NYLT staff is a terrific opportunity for graduates of the NYLT program to master their leadership skills while having a ton of fun and building bonds with other Scouts on staff.

Scouts on NYLT Staff are responsible for running the program at their respective weeks. The only requirement to be on NYLT staff is to successfully complete an NYLT course.

All staff members must work at least one week of NYLT this summer and will be required to be there for the full duration. Be sure you check which weeks you can staff and pick one that works for you.

Every Scout applying for staff, whether new or returning, must fill out an application and also complete an interview with the Youth Directors.

Interview Dates for 2023 Program:

Dates to be announced later summer of 2022

Presentation Sessions:
Tuesday, March 31st |5-8pm| Emerson Dining Hall
Wednesday, April 6th |5-8pm|Emerson Large Meeting Room
Tuesday, April 12th |5-8Pm| Emerson Dining Hall 

2022 Staff Development Dates (staff must attend all dates):

February 18-19, 2022 –Emerson Center, Beaumont Scout Reservation
March 18-19, 2022 – Emerson Center, Beaumont Scout Reservation
April 22-23, 2022 – Emerson Center, Beaumont Scout Reservation
Camp Sakima Work Weekends – June 3-5, 2022
Camp Warren Levis Work Weekend – TBD